June weather makes local fishing difficult

The weather this June has not been very kind to the offshore fishermen. Strong winds, too much rain and cooler temperatures have prevented a sustained fish bite from developing for most all species. There was a walleye bite developing straight out of the Dunkirk Harbor in about 65 feet of water which has slowed down with the strong north winds. Eagle Bay was another developing hot spot that has been put on hold with changing wind and weather patterns. Here is hoping July will be better.

Skip, my contact from Hogan’s Hut on Chautauqua Lake, reports the bass and walleye fishing has been good lately. There was a fishing contest over the weekend and Skip and his partner had to wait until noon on Sunday, but it was well worth it for the anglers. Learning to contend with the weeds is the secret to success and using live bait like leeches, night crawlers and minnows will put the odds in the anglers favor. The crappie bite is still surprising anglers with one angler reporting a limit of keepers taken recently in five feet of water. Yellow perch, white perch and big blue gills are also bonus fish.

Locally, yellow perch have been catch when catch can, especially if you have live minnows. Fishing in the 40-foot plus depths either east or west of the Dunkirk Harbor outer red buoy, will usually put you on fish provided you can hold anchor. Rick Miller in Irving reports emerald shiners are getting scarce, so salted bait or live golden shiners will be the option. Anglers have been fishing straight off the mouth of the Cattaraugus Creek in 45 to 52 feet of water with decent success.

Black bass have been worked over hard on Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake since April. Anglers may have to look a little harder or fish at low light to get the fish they are after.

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The Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY Inc. will host their tournament picnic Saturday, June 22 from noon until 5 p.m. If you were in the tournament, be sure to bring your tournament entry to be eligible for prizes. If you are in the neighborhood of the club, located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, stop in. The club has great food and beverages available, festivities and of course lots of fish related items. In addition the club is open to the public on Thursday evenings with great food and drink specials.

If you are hoping the crossbow bill will surface or survive, it is important to contact our senators and request they support Senate bill S1699B. Call or write and let your legislators know if you are a current or former bowhunter. If you have any current or former archery/crossbow affiliation. Be sure to let them know that you support crossbow regulatory authority being given to the DEC. Rick McDermott is the rep for NY Crossbow Coalition at www.nycrossbowcoalition.com.

There will be a pistol course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on July 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There is a $55 fee for the course. For information, call Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

The Cassadaga Lakes Association will host their 20th Annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on June 29 at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive in Cassadaga from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. This event is free for all youth ages 16 and younger. If you would like to donate a door prize, volunteer or are looking for more information, call 595-3950.

The Southtowns Walleye Association is hosting their 21st Catch & Release Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 21 at the tift Nature Preserve, located on Furman Blvd., Buffalo. The event is free to all kids 15 years old and younger. Bring your own tackle. Sign up starts at 7:30 a.m. with the weigh-in from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. continuously. A picnic style lunch including free hot dogs and goodies will be served from 11 a.m. until noon. Coffee Milk donuts and juice will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. All kids receive a grab bag and winners will receive awards starting at noon. For more information, call Dennis at 861-5687 or Doug at 649-8202.

The New York Walleye Association will host their annual walleye tournament The Amara-Can Walleye Tournament a two-day, three-man team event on July 6-7 .

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to sports@observertoday.com.